Diabetes and cardiac arrhythmia
The risk of suffering from cardiac arrhythmia in the form of atrial fibrillation is around two to three times higher for diabetics than in individuals with a healthy metabolism. That means diabetes is accompanied by a significantly higher risk for a stroke, as proven by numerous studies. Particularly among younger diabetics, regular ECG tests or heart rhythm assessments are advisable to enable the rapid initiation of stroke prophylaxis, should atrial fibrillation occur. In the emergent or sporadically occurring phase of atrial fibrillation, the signs oftentimes do not show up on a standard ECG in the natural course at the doctor's practice.